I know that the Rules of the road is probably a boring subject, but it is important. There is a lot of confusion around the rules regarding your dogs when out and about in the UK around cars and roads, so I thought that I would clarify them for you.
Are you legal when it comes to cars, roads and your dog?
Have you any idea where the rules are?
The answer is that they are in the Highway code and as such, they are legal requirements.
They are rules 56 and 57.
“Dogs. Do not let a dog out on the road on its own. Keep it on a short lead when walking on the pavement, road or path shared with cyclists or horse riders.”
Therefore, flexi leads, unless they are locked short, are not legal.
“When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
Therefore, dogs loose in the car, even in a footwell, are not legal.
Dog Tags – The rules
Do you know what information you should have on your dog tag?
“In the UK, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.”
Your telephone number is optional. To me, it makes sense to add it.
If found, the tag is the first thing people check. Where there is a number, they will call. When the number doesn’t work, they get no answer or if there is no tag, then they check for a microchip.
So a tag should be on a collar and not a harness.
Microchip – The rules
Your dog must have a microchip in England and the microchip registered.
Other dog law information – more rules.
Here is a link to the Government site that details the laws around your dog’s behaviour and the possible penalties. It is worth a read.
Please find a good trainer or behaviourist to help if your dog has a behaviour that needs addressing whilst out and about or in the home.
It could save your dog’s life and you from a big fine or a prison sentence, or both!
Here is a link to my services.